According to a study released on Thursday by the regional administration of Ceará, the French company HDF will generate green hydrogen using solar energy on Brazil’s northeast coast.
The French company will take part in the first Brazilian initiative to build a green hydrogen “hub” in Sao Gonçalo de Amarante, part of the Fortaleza metropolitan area, the state capital of Ceará.
Although it may also be used as fuel and a raw material for industry, green or renewable hydrogen (H2V) is produced through the “water electrolysis” method, which involves the separation of oxygen and hydrogen. It is mostly used to produce fertilizers for agricultural activities.
The Renewable project, which is overseen in French Guiana, is one example of how HDF designs, funds, installs and runs industrial power generating facilities, mostly utilizing hydrogen units.
Similar to this, the business Rigo secured a contract with the government of Ceará to create solar energy in a number of the state’s cities. This project will require an initial expenditure of 800 million reais (about 160 million dollars) and will start in 2023. 500 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs are created.
Twenty definite projects for the installation at the port of businesses from Brazil, France, Portugal, Spain, Australia, the United States, and Italy that is interested in manufacturing green hydrogen from sustainable energy sources, such as solar and wind, have already been signed by Pecem with HDF’s help.
Other green hydrogen projects are being developed in Brazil in the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco’s Camaçar Petrochemical Complex and the country’s seaport of Suape in Pernambuco.
The Brazilian multinational Unigel is constructing what will be the largest facility in the world for this sort of fuel and raw material when it opens in 2023 in Camaçar, while the Chinese company CTG is running a green hydrogen study center in Suape.